Any helpul hints?

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Hey there,

I am a first year nursing student and just started my first practicum. I am having a real problem trying to overcome some of the odors I have to deal with in the extended care facility. Does anyone have any hints that might help prevent me from puking??? Thanks, Cory:imbar


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Specializes in Geriatrics.

Hi. There's really not much you can do except wear a mask. The only other thing I can think of is if you dabbed underneath your nose with Vapo-rub or a scented oil, like peppermint.

These smells are going to be with you for your nursing career. One thing I do is when I have to change a colostomy bag, I always do it before I go for lunch, no way I can do it with a full stomach. Hurl! Well, I hope I helped with this question!

Good luck to you in your career in Nursing! Keep up the good work. ;)

Jay-Jay, RN

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The only thing I can add to the above is you WILL get used to it. See the nursing thread on "What grosses you out". We all have things that cause us to turn green around the gills, but this will happen less and less as you gain experience. And, eventually, loved ones will be begging: PUHLEEZ! DON'T TALK ABOUT THAT WHILE I'M EATING!!

P.S. - breathing through your mouth, and keeping your head turned slightly away from the source of the odour also helps. Other than that....time, lots of time! And if you do hurl, don't let it get you down. You're in good company! I recall one poster from the above-mentioned forum referring to doing a "three bag" dressing: one bag for the soiled dressing, one for the clean gauze she was using to wash it, and one to upchuck into! :D


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Just hold your breath, breathe through your mouth and think "good thoughts".........(non-smelly thoughts)

You will get used to it!!


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